Professor Jennie Brand-Miller (aka Janette Cecile Brand) PhD, FAIFST, FNSA (born 1952) holds a Personal Chair in Human Nutrition in the School of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Sydney. She is best known for her research and publications on the glycemic index, and its role in human health. Her research interests focus on all aspects of carbohydrates—diet and diabetes, the glycemic index of foods, insulin resistance, lactose intolerance and oligosaccharides in infant nutrition.
Brand-Miller holds a special interest in evolutionary nutrition and the diet of Australian Aborigines. As a nutrition lecturer in 1981, she was investigating Aboriginal bushfood when she came across the glycemic index, a nutritional concept devised by Dr. David J. Jenkins and colleagues from the University of Toronto. The glycemic index has since changed the way the world thinks about food, nutrition and dieting.
Brand-Miller has played a major role in educating the community on the glycemic index. Her books about the low GI diet, including The New Glucose Revolution, have sold more than 2 million copies since 1996. The most recent title in the series, The Low GI Diet, was published in September 2004. She has published 16 books and 200 journal articles.
- 2003: Received a Clunies Ross Medal for Science and Technology
- 2004: Received the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology Award of Merit.
- 2011: Received a Queen's Birthday honour, appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AM), for her research into human nutrition and as a supporter of people with a hearing impairment.
She has made many publications in her life as a nutritionist at the Sydney University.
She has come under attack by economist Rory Robertson over her argument that sugar consumption in Australia has declined in recent decades, which she has dubbed the Australian paradox. Recent research (commissioned by the Australian Sugar Refiners and CANEGROWERS) has confirmed that apparent consumption of sugar has decreased in Australia over the past few decades. She has now admitted that her data on sugar consumption is potentially flawed following an investigation and questioning by the ABC's Background Briefing program.
- Morgan, Branwen (13 June 2011), "Nutritionist recognised for pioneering work", News in Science (ABC)
- Pascoe, Michael (7 March 2012), "Economist v nutritionists: big sugar and low-GI brigade lose", Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax)
- Sugar Consumption in Australia - A Statistical Update, GreenPool Commodities, 4 October 2012
- Martin, Peter (9 February 2014), "Australian Paradox author admits sugar data might be flawed", Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax)
- Carlisle, Wendy (13 February 2014), Sugar research paper contained 'inadvertent errors'; Professor Jennie Brand-Miller defends findings, ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- International Glycemic Index Database
- GI News - latest updates of GI News and articles from the pioneers of Low GI Diet
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